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Working paper

Health care management in Australia’s and New Zealand’s seasonal worker schemes

Labour mobility Public health Seasonal labour Temporary migration Australia New Zealand

Globally, it is estimated that there are over 164 million labour migrants, many of whom are temporary migrants choosing overseas labour mobility options as a way to improve livelihoods for their families and communities.

This paper discusses the relatively untouched topic of temporary migrants’ health care management in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) and New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE), which are temporary seasonal worker schemes.

This paper recommends that monitoring of workers’ welfare is necessary and effective communication will enhance relationships of trust to discuss medical concerns openly. Furthermore, an awareness of how workers often hide or mask their ailments should be highlighted in cultural awareness briefing booklets for employers, the importance of which has been discussed in previous research on labour mobility schemes.

Publication Details
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DPA Working Paper 2020/2